Karolle Wall developed her first roll of film as a young teenager, in the family darkroom, somewhere north of Montreal,
in the midst of the FLQ crisis and the War Measure`s Act. Had she thought of it first, she undoubtedly would have
come up with a film like No. Instead, she gave up the smell of developer for the finer chemicals associated
with boat building, cabinet making, and child rearing. When the fumes got too much for her health, she turned to
her love of literature, writing, the arts, nature, landscape, the sea, and sailing.
Throughout it all, photography remained a hobby, a love, and a passion lying in wait for the chemical-free virtual darkroom.
Over the past five years, it has become a serious affliction, one that has culminated in several exhibitions, and a penchant
for making her pictures move.
Karolle is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr Institute – originally hired to teach literature and writing. It has taken a while,
but her colleagues now refer to her as that photographer/filmmaker who used to write and now teaches Environmental Ethics.
The images here reflect her aesthetic appreciation of all things old, her love of machinery, boats, the natural world and water.
They express her desire to see life and its objects regenerate, to live on, even if nature and humankind have something different
in mind. For her, photography is a way of getting a feel for this place, this planet we call home, a way of reminding her viewer
of what will be lost, what can still be saved.